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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Thomas L. Pazdernik, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: "This book focuses on the main concepts that students must understand about important drug classes to foster their mastery of pharmacology. It is not designed to be a standalone review of the field. "
Purpose: The author notes that this is not a conventional review book for pharmacology, but it should help students organize their attack on learning hundreds of drugs typically covered in most pharmacology courses. This book serves that role as long as students recognize that this book itself is not sufficient for the mastery of pharmacology required for the practice of medicine.
Audience: It is useful for any students who are required to learn about pharmacology in the pursuit of their education.
Features: The book is divided into seven sections specifically designed to simplify the learning process in understanding the most important concepts in pharmacology. It presents drugs by classes and attempts to detail exactly what students need to know about each class. It provides important drug information in convenient boxes, tables, and illustrations, and identifies the most important drugs in each class. It is meant to reduce the stress of mastering the complexities about drug actions in the practice of medicine. It is very high yield, as long as students realize that this is only a supplement to more complete treatises on the subject. It lacks review questions required for mastery of the subject for course and licensure examinations.
Assessment: This could be a very useful tool for students who struggle with understanding the most basic concepts in pharmacology for course and licensure examinations.